This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother, Marcella Antia, 85 years old, born on January 16, 1936, and passed away on June 27, 2021. We will remember her forever.

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Posted by Schola Edet on June 27, 2022
Mummy is one year that you have gone to be with the Lord, I loved you dearly, in death i love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill. your many acts of love and kindness are forever held in my heart and captured in my mind. May your gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of God. From Atim Ojo.
Posted by Jacinta Ramdial on June 27, 2022
Dear Marcella,
Today is the Anniversay of your death. You have been gone for 1 year today. I offered a Mass at my church for you and attended the Mass this morning at 9 am. I know that you are happy with God and all your family who have passed, but I miss you still very much. Your sweet smile and lovely laugh.

Love always, your baby sister ( not a baby anymore)

Posted by Joy Okora on June 27, 2022
I heard a lot of good things about you and wished I was granted the opportunity to meet with you....
It's one year already yet it seems like yesterday.
May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace ma'am.
Posted by Ini Antia on June 27, 2022
It’s been 1yr now you have gone to be with the Lord. Continue to Rest In Peace in the All Mighty God’s bosom .

Miss you very much mummy!
Posted by Cheryl A on June 27, 2022
One year has gone and it seems like yesterday.
I miss you so much.. all our every evening calls and weekend visits and times we spent. it’s been hard knowing that I can’t see and hold you.
Continue resting in our Lord Jesus my sweet Mummy .
Posted by Akan Antia on June 27, 2022
Today marks one year since our sweet and beloved mother passed on. The pain of losing our mother is immeasurable. For me, some days the pain is much deeper than others. They say that time heals everything, but even after one year I still can’t stop the pain, albeit I’m still full of sadness, that said a thousand words can’t bring you back, God knows best.
Sweet mother continue to requiescet in pace.
Posted by Mark Nwagwu on January 17, 2022
Marcella Marcella Happy birthday You Gave us bundles of joy all wrapped in your warm smile. I pray Please warm our hearts, intercede for us before God as we pass through the Church Militant
Posted by Jacinta Ramdial on January 16, 2022
Happy Birthday Marcella, you are with all the deceased members of your family at the Heavenly Banquet for your 86th Birthday! Your children and your brothers and sisters miss you very much here on Earth. But we are all happy for you because you have run the race and now you are finally at rest with the Lord!
God bless you, till we meet again!

Love your little sister Jacinta
Posted by Jacqueline Cox on January 16, 2022
Happy heavenly Birthday Aunt Marcella.
May you Rest in eternal peace love x
Posted by joy antia on January 16, 2022
Happy Birthday Mummy, you would have been smiling as usual to celebrate with your children & grand children on this special day of your 86th birth day, Nevermind Mummy, you are in the better hands with your Maker, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
I just ask myself, does it really mean Mummy had gone, l can't reach you on Sundays any more,. I and your grand children may not be seeing you but you will ever be loved and remembered so dearly.
Posted by Nnene Antia on January 16, 2022
Happy Birthday Mummy dearest as you celebrate with thé Heavenly Hosts. You are sorely missed even though we know you are in thé best hands.
Posted by Jacqueline Cox on January 16, 2022
Happy Heavenly birthday Aunt Marcella
Still wondering why the Lord took you so soon.
But I can see you and all your sisters dancing in heaven. May you R.I.P love and miss you
Posted by Jennifer Ufot on January 16, 2022
Happy posthumous birthday Auntie Marcella. Seems like only yesterday you celebrated your last birthday. May the hosts of heaven celebrate this special day with you ❤. You are sorely missed. May your gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord. Amen 
Posted by Cheryl A on January 16, 2022
Tears fill my eyes as I write and remember your birthday today. You would have been 86 today. I can’t help looking at all the pictures we took this same time last year.. little did I know it would be your last birthday.
I miss you so so much!!! But God wanted you more and I know you are celebrating your birthday in Heaven.
Rest peacefully my sweet lovely mummy
Posted by Akan Antia on January 16, 2022
Happy birthday in heaven, dearest and sweetest mother. Not a day will pass by that we do not think of you. The endless joy you have brought to all our lives still brings warmth to our hearts. We really miss you and our lives have been empty since the day you passed away. Continue to R.I.P mum.
Posted by Ini Antia on January 16, 2022
Happy Birthday Mummy! Today you would have been 86yrs on earth. But God called you home to celebrate your birthday with him and his angels in heaven. Continue to Rest in His Bosom. Love and miss you very much!
Posted by Jacqueline Cox on July 30, 2021
Aunty Marcella

It was a shock to find out that you passed away , I know now that your no longer in pain heavens got another angel. I will never forget when you took me to Canada when I was eleven I was so excited to meet all the family. May you rest eternal peace Amen
Posted by Marie MILBOURNE on July 18, 2021
Of all the many blessings
However great or small
To have you as my Sister
Is the greatest one of all.
The family chain has been broken (5 times over)
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.
Love you forever
God keep you,
Posted by Trina Serieux on July 18, 2021
Aunty Marcella you will always be in my heart.  I am truly grateful for the time we spent together when I came to England. You welcomed me into your home like a daughter and showed me how to get around. I loved the time we spent together and from that time you always called me "Trini Trini".  Your smile, energy warmth and love will forever be with me.
Xoxo Trina
Posted by Morenikeji Komaiya on July 17, 2021
Dear Aunty Marcella, thanking the Lord for the legacy you left behind. Gentle, always soft spoken, and kind. Remembering many trips to UI, for craft lessons, you taught us to crochet, make pom-poms, we enjoyed the sewing classes too, made my first stuffed toy animal at those crafts classes. I remember so well, we sewed buttons as eyes, you were so creative, the paintings, the poems. You were gifted and talented. My mum Auntie Esmie’s good friend. Remember times we’d visit you both on the paediatric ward in UCH Ibadan Lots of memories and fun times growing up. 
Your journey here’s ended but now in eternity, resting in the Saviours arms. No more sorrow, no more pain, home at last. The Lord loves you more.
Praying for comfort and strength for Akan, Umo, Asuquo, Ini, Usen and Cheryl and the family at large as they journey on.
Adieu Aunty

Posted by Carolle Downer on July 15, 2021
It is so hard to believe that my dear friend Marcella is no longer with us. I will certainly miss her gentle, quiet voice and sweet spirit; always with words of encouragement. We grew up together in the beautiful island of St. Lucia and attended St. Jospeh's Convent. We left for London, England at the same time to pursue our nursing careers. What beautiful memories I have of her, my dear friend. I did not realize the last time I visited her in London from the US would be the last time we would be together. We enjoyed a planned trip to the seaside, but choose a very rainy day. Most people would have cancelled the trip, but not Marcella. We had a wonderful time walking in the rain. she will always be in my mind and heart. I extend my very sincere condolences to her precious children and family.
Posted by Isatu Affiong Isuk on July 15, 2021
Aunty Marcella was my uncle's (late Dr. Asuquo Antia) wife. Aunty Marcella was a kind, gracious, talented, empathetic, caring, prayerful and patient lady. A true example of the biblical virtuous woman (Proverbs 31). I recall with fondness how warmly she received me on occasions when I had the chance to visit London and the way she cared for my siblings who lived with her in Nigeria. 
On my last visit to London with my husband, we stopped by to visit her with my niece, Ngozi. Aunty Marcella made sure she came to the lobby to welcome us and ride with us in the elevator to her floor, inspite of her age. She entertained us with a delicious meal, documentary show on the environmental devastation by oil companies in Rivers state, Nigeria, and also showed us some of her paintings .
To my cousins and their families, my family and I share your grief on the death of Mama Marcella, and we will keep you all in our prayers . May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace ❤
Posted by Laura Ramdial on July 14, 2021
Dearest Aunty,

We will always cherish our memories of your many visits to Canada and all of your good advice. We will never forget your warm smile and your contagious laugh. Your trials and troubles are over now, your soul is at rest surrounded by light and love. Our memories will have to give us comfort until we meet again. Rest In Peace our beloved Aunt.

Michelle and Laura Ramdial
Posted by Pamela Ohadike on July 14, 2021

It is not easy for me to express in few words what I feel. It is a deep sorrow realising that I'll never see my dearest friend Marcella again in this world. She was a very special beautiful person, loved by all who knew her. It is also my pride that I was privileged to be her close friend. She is still in my mind and heart. I pray I’ll be good and worthy, when my time will come, to go up (not down), to heaven where she is. She was a truly godly woman. I pray to God to give her family and friends like me the strength to bear the pain of the great loss.
Rest in peace, my dear Marcella. Bye Marcella. I love you

Alla Fawole
Posted by Osayi Owen- Amadasun on July 14, 2021
Heaven has indeed reclaimed a beautiful Angel. Rest in peace Aunty Marcella. You were an epitome of beauty and love. This continues to radiate in all your children. The memories and stories of UI will never be complete without mentioning you. The birthday parties my siblings and I attended, with your children were all so exciting, with so many other “UI children” too. The Caribbean parties, with all the lovely food, cooked and baked by you and all our other Mums. In your latter years I would sit with you Mum and late Aunty Alicia Ayo- Vaughn, listening to you all chatting away, catching up with the past. During my Mum’s last visit to you, you showed us a lot of your creative works …. just so tenderly and beautifully put together. Aunty rest in peace. I am praying Father God gives all your children and grand children peace and fortitude at this sad but triumphant time ❤️Heaven has indeed reclaimed an Angel.
Posted by joy antia on July 14, 2021

    Mummy, my motivator, a rare gem, an embodiment of beauty in heart and appearance, my positive activist has passed on. It gladdened our heart on hearing of your recovering and been discharged from the hospital. Little did I know it would be a transitory recovery.
    The news of your demise devastated me, I could not fulfill my promise of bringing your grandchildren for you to see them. Your response each time I said so would be; ''Joy I hope so'' like you knew it wouldn't be possible.
    Mummy, my councillor, always giving me hope with your advises and words of encouragement, saying to me ''Joy be strong and take care of yourself and the children. I know it isn't easy but be strong''. Those fruitful words burning fervently in my soul to keep moving. Mummy, I and your
grandchildren will really miss you dearly and your absence will be felt, your death has created a serious vacuum.

Adieu Mummy
Sleep on, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Joy Bassey Antia & Children.
Posted by Jacqueline Cox on July 14, 2021
My Aunty Marcella. I know now your with the Angel's now and your at peace. I will always have you in my heart. But you'll be sadly missed.
Posted by Caroline Pedro on July 14, 2021
I’m writing this on behalf of my mum Val Pedro.

I met Marcella whilst working at UCH Ibadan in the early 70s. As part of the Nigerian West Indian community, we’ve been close friends since then. When Marcella returned to England, where me met up again. Before Covid I visited her regularly and took her West Indian dishes which she enjoyed and looked forward to my visits. Unfortunately due to Covid this stopped.

So my lovely sister and friend, Rest in Peace
Posted by Marie King on July 14, 2021
I met Momsie over 20years ago. What was there not to love about her? I took to her immediately.

Momsie was somebody to admire and emulate. A true role model who was hard-working, beautiful, intelligent, creative, God-fearing, so faithful and devoted to her children and family, brave and dedicated. Indeed the world has been a better place with her in it.

Momsie you were such an inspiration, even from afar. You left such an impression on me. Your beautiful children will carry on your principles that you passed to them, even if they don't know it yet.

Rest now after a life well lived in service. You will remain in our memories. It was a pleasure knowing you Ma. This is indeed the end of an era. Sangha sung o, Momsie!
Posted by Pamela Ohadike on July 14, 2021
Dear Aunty Marcella
Alla, Shina, the children and I were sad to hear of your passing.
To me you were always kind and softly spoken with the lovely lilt in your tone. You were a devout Catholic and a good example to myself those days at the chapel in UI.
I always remember you with the other matrons doing the rounds in UCH and I thought ‘those are women who command respect’
Now you are with the angels and at peace.
We love you and will miss you xxx
The Fawole family
Posted by Suzette Chin on July 13, 2021
Dearest Marcella,
Having enjoyed reading your poems with you, here is one for you:

An angel lived among us, a gift from God above. She showered us with kindness and shared with us her love. And now she’s far away, she has gone to live with Jesus,But she is here with us today. Smiling down on every one & telling us she is OK.

You will he missed..May you be welcomed in heaven with the angels..

These sympathies to the family also comes from Marie& Roy Merrick. & Edith.( from St. Edmunds Catholic Church).
May God bless and keep you all at this very sad time. 
Posted by Osayi Owen- Amadasun on July 13, 2021

Tribute to my dear friend Marcella Antia
by Joyce Igiehon (nee Maddix)
It is with a heavy heart filled with gratitude to God for her beautiful life, that I write this tribute in honor of my dear friend Marcella Antia. We arrived in Ibadan, Nigeria around the same time in the 1960s and shared so many experiences and had many mutual friends like Alicia Ayo Vaughn, Esmin Onamade, Norma Sydenham, Gretel Adepegba, and Mrs. Ette, to name a few. 
Marcella and I worked together at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, where we started as young staff nurses at the finest medical institution in Nigeria at the time. We lived minutes from each other on the University of Ibadan campus, and spent a lot of time together as we raised 14 children between us (we each had 7). The children were born roughly around the same time and attended the same schools. Aside from our work at UCH, we had similar interests like baking and particularly both loved and appreciated beautiful flowers. We shared recipes, plant seedlings for our home-grown gardens, and many private jokes, of course.  Marcella was kind, gentle, dependable, and a true friend indeed. May her soul rest in peace and I pray for comfort for her children and family members.  
Mrs Joyce Maddix- Igiehon

Posted by Christopher Cox on July 13, 2021
Dear Aunt Marcella,

Sad to know that you are no longer with us on this Earth, but you are now in a better place with the angels, your beloved siblings, Aunt Vivian, Dad, Aunt Dor and Aunt Julitta, and family who have gone before. While you look upon us, we reflect on your life and those you have touched with fond memories. It was so nice to have spoken to you in recent days. 

Condolences to the family from myself, Tanya, Aidan, Jason and Layla.

May you rest in peace,
Love Chris
Posted by Susan Onamade on July 13, 2021
My memory of Aunty is that of a beautiful, kind, generous artistic lady. She was peaceful and soft spoken with a warm smile. I am sorry that I will not be there to say goodbye but I pray that you rest in peace knowing that the angels will comfort loved ones left behind. You are no longer in pain but at peace. Thank you for your kindness and many years of friendship with our Esmie and all the family. We love you and miss you auntyxx
Posted by Catherine Ejumotan on July 13, 2021
Auntie Marcella:
Kind, neat, accessible and highly innovative. She turned plain places to beautiful gardens filled with flowers, paintings and balloons. It was no surprise she won the Award of the most innovative nurse at the UCH Ibadan.
Auntie was that star nursing sister in charge of a Paediatrics Ward at UCH, always spotlessly dressed and wearing a smile. She wore her uniform cap in a stylish manner. Calm and understanding, but tolerated no nonsense.
She was devoted to God, loved Mary and loved people. Every year, my first Christmas and Easter cards came from her. This virtuous lady was lovely, lovable and loving. She will be forever missed. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace .
Posted by Jacinta Ramdial on July 12, 2021
To my Beloved sister, Marcella.

When I was five or six years old, I said goodbye to you when you left St.Lucia to go to London, England to study Nursing. A few years after our father died,
Mummy and Tony went to Canada to meet Marie, who was living in Canada. About a year later, Mummy sent for the rest of us to join her in Canada.
I grow up, got marred and had two children, but I always thought of you as my dear sweet older sister.
Even when I went to live in Trinidad, we keep in touch.

When I returned to Canada in 1986, I always keep in touch with you.
You visited us in Canada a few times and the bond was always there. You even stayed with me, Mike and the girls. You always wants to stay at my home. We always enjoyed having you stay with us.

Years passed and I retired. I had more time to call you almost everyday on Skype. I would tell you about what was going on with our family. You always listened to my stories about myself, Mike and my girls. Also stories about the other members of our family.
When you got very ill at the end, I still was able to speak to you because Cheryl would call me on WhatsApp and I could speak to you, even when you could not respond, I knew you could still hear me.
We all keep praying for you , but God needed you more than we did.

So He took you home on June 27, 2021. I will miss your sweet, kind voice always encouraging me when I was feeling down.  I always knew that everything will be alright after speaking to you on Skype.

Now that you have gone to Heaven, I will continue speaking to you because I know that you can still hear me and will ask Jesus to help me.

May you Rest In Peace!
Bye for now till we meet again in Heaven!

Love you always!
You little sister, Jacinta

Posted by Nnene Antia on July 12, 2021
A Tribute to My Mother-in-law

Mummy dearest,

You were indeed a precious gift from God; so much beauty, grace, love and patience you possessed.
You touched so many hearts in more ways than one - your strength and smile, even on dark days made so many instantly know they had been blessed with an angel. Only a heart as dear and pure as yours, could give so selflessly. However, we take solace in the fact that those we love are never really lost. May you find absolute peace in His Bosom.
Even though I never really got to spend as much of quality time with you as I would have loved to, those few days in Ibadan are forever engraved in my heart.
You will be sorely missed.

Your daughter-in-law,

Posted by Olusola Seriki on June 28, 2021
It was very sad to learn of the death of Aunty Marcella. May the Heavens above recieve her soul with Joy and Celebration.

Please accept our sincere sympathies.

Olusola Seriki
The Seriki Family

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Posted by Schola Edet on June 27, 2022
Mummy is one year that you have gone to be with the Lord, I loved you dearly, in death i love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill. your many acts of love and kindness are forever held in my heart and captured in my mind. May your gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of God. From Atim Ojo.
Posted by Jacinta Ramdial on June 27, 2022
Dear Marcella,
Today is the Anniversay of your death. You have been gone for 1 year today. I offered a Mass at my church for you and attended the Mass this morning at 9 am. I know that you are happy with God and all your family who have passed, but I miss you still very much. Your sweet smile and lovely laugh.

Love always, your baby sister ( not a baby anymore)

Posted by Joy Okora on June 27, 2022
I heard a lot of good things about you and wished I was granted the opportunity to meet with you....
It's one year already yet it seems like yesterday.
May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace ma'am.
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Our mother

On the beautiful day of January 16, 1936, our mum Marcella Josephine Cox was born in Castries St Lucia to parents George and Emelda Cox, they were blessed with nine children, six girls and three boys, our mum was the eldest.

In 1956 mum set sail for the UK to study nursing, where mum started her nursing career in Alder Hey Children Hospital Liverpool. Mum studied and specialized to become a Paediatrics Nurse. Mum also did her midwifery at Sefton General Hospital between 1959 and 1960. By 1960, mum archived her professional qualifications as a State Registered Nurse, State Registered Children’s Nurse and Certified Midwife.

It was during her training mum met our dad who was studying medicine at the time. He specialized in Paediatrics too.

After their studies they got married and moved to the United States where our dad completed his residency program at John Hopkins University. 

In the early 1960’s they moved to Nigeria to both embark on their life long careers in Paediatrics at the University College Hospital (UCH). It was here at UCH that Macella dedicated 30 years of her career caring for premature (preemies) babies. Mum loved taking care of them so much, and mum would always come home with exciting stories of each of the babies. Always praying for the babies and their mothers.

During her stint at UCH and as part of her achievements, mum and our dad were part of the leading team to deliver and take care of the first ever conjoined twins in the whole of West Africa. Mum was also part of the War Nurses who took care of wounded soldiers during the civil war in Nigeria.

Mum rose through the ranks from Staff Nurse to Sr. Matron of Paediatrics/Neonatal ward at UCH. This was a great achievement many aspired to attain. Mum retired from UCH in 1990.

On the social front, our mother was a very loving, kind and a God-fearing person. As mentioned earlier, mum had seven children who mum loved dearly and brought us all up to emulate her loving, kind and God-fearing nature.

Mum had a very creative mind, always creating and making things. Mum loved knitting and crocheting, sewing, baking, gardening, painting, and writing poems. Her beautiful paintings of natural landscapes have graced many homes with love. Her poems have been shared with friends and family, with some of them even winning awards and getting publish with the International Society of Poets.

Mum was always teaching church members, neighbours and anyone who wanted to learn these exciting home making skills.

Our mum was a great cook of Caribbean food. Mum also embraced and learned how to cook Nigerian food and delicacies from the local Okro soup to Edikan Ikong (native to our father’s culture).

Our mum was a dedicated and charismatic catholic. Mum belonged to and was the President of the St. Anthony’s Guild of her parish back in Nigeria, and also an active member of St. Vincent De Paul (caring for the poor), The Wednesday Club.

In 1993 our mum returned back to the UK and worked as a Paediatric Nurse for various NHS trust hospitals, mum finally retired again in 2004.

We will miss our mother. Mum brought us into this world, and mum helped to make us what we are today. It's difficult to consider what we will do without knowing that we can pick up the phone and call her whenever we need to talk or when we face a tough decision. I'm sure you all know our mum was an amazing Mother, Grand-Mother, Mother-In-Law, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend!

These are memories to hold on to, and the knowledge that the world was a better place for having our mother in it. This is the time to celebrate a life that was well lived.

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